Left-wing millionaire and rock-n-roll welfare queen Bruce Springsteen was unable to keep his ego in check during Tuesday night’s “Concert for Valor,” which took place on the National Mall in Washington DC in honor of America’s veterans. Rather than simply entertaining and paying tribute to America’s heroes, the Boss injected his own politics into the night with a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.”
“Fortunate Son” is a terrific rock-n-roll/protest song written by John Fogerty in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War and all the domestic political turmoil that roiled around it.
Defenders of Springsteen’s song choice claim that “Fortunate Son” is an anti-draft song critical of a war where the rich and connected were able to avoid service, while the rest fought and died. True enough but the song also mocks as unthinking dupes the men and women who want to fight for their country:
Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask ’em, “How much should we give?”
Ooh, they only answer “More! More! More!”, y’all
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son
“Fortunate Son” isn’t just an anti-draft song, it is also an anti-military and anti-troop song written at a time when it was acceptable to trash the men and women who fight our wars as baby killers and worse.
Through their “star spangled eyes” America’s veterans have faced much worse than an aging rocker unable to keep his ego under control. They also fought for the right of an aging rocker to sucker punch them from out of the blue. The only message Springsteen sent Tuesday night is that, thanks to our veterans, he has the God-given American right to be a preening, classless jerk.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC